21st January 2023 | Dear Anand

21st January 2023 Dear Anand, Another year has come. This one came apprehensively, almost hesitant. It hovered at the end of last December as if not really wanting to step over. Not really wanting to carry forward the incomplete affairs, the scattered unsaid words and the consuming grief of the passing year. But on the eve of the Thirty First it couldn’t defy the one … Continue reading 21st January 2023 | Dear Anand

6th March 2022 | Dear Anand

6th March 2022 Dear Anand, It’s been raining for 2 weeks now. It has been one of the wettest years since 1900. The kind of rain that brings endings. Early morning today when the skies took a pause to sigh, I slipped out onto the inner streets weaving through the neighbourhood; passing by rows and rows of houses slowly waking up, the last rain drops … Continue reading 6th March 2022 | Dear Anand

4th April 2021 | Dear Anand

4th April 2021 Dear Anand, There is a little chill in the air these days. It’s Easter Sunday. I’ve managed to find one lone open coffee shop after gym today. I’m sitting outside writing to you while leaves in all shades of golden, orange, brown rustle past my ankles down the street in the soft breeze this morning. Javed Akhtar Sahib would describe this as … Continue reading 4th April 2021 | Dear Anand

22nd October 2020 | Dear Anand

22nd October, 2020 Dear Anand, mianhamnida. Of every apology in all the languages around the world, I think the Korean mianhamnida (미안합니다) is the most beautiful word. It doesn’t have that crassness of a sorry,the curtness of a perdón orthe piteous of a mujhe maaf kardo.No. It’s first part mian pronounced as bian breathes off your lips as if it’s coming straight from your heart; … Continue reading 22nd October 2020 | Dear Anand

24th July 2020 | Dear Anand

24th July, 2020 Dear Anand, Did you know the kavi who wrote the lines “..zindagi aur kuch bhi nahi teri meri kahaani hai”, his name is Santosh Anand? (I know right). He wrote this around 1971-72 and it so widely resonated with people of every age then. Even today it still does. Perhaps because it’s hope explained in the simplest, kindest of words. It’s irked … Continue reading 24th July 2020 | Dear Anand